Felt Hat Work in process

I am learning how to felt a hat using a a hat block. I first start with a shape that is 50% larger then the required size. I make a template from heavy paper and cover it in packing tape.

I draw the shape on to the bubble wrap plastic


Layout the shingles of wool ( this hat has only 2 layers)

I cover both sides of the template then add hot water and soap and manipulate the fibers


till the fibers and shape shrink

I try it on the hat block and realize it does need more manipulation

This is a workable size
The shape is starting to take form
and I start to twist

and beating the felt as I shape it
more beating and more shaping

Steam and pressing to help it felt more


Finished hat